Senior Lecturer scoops prestigious Italian award for teaching and research excellence

Dr Alessandro Giudici named as Best Under 40 Professor by Italian Association for Management Development

Dr Alessandro Giudici, Senior Lecturer at the Business School (formerly Cass) has been named as the Best Under 40 Professor by Italian management training body Associazione Italiana per la Formazione Manageriale (ASFOR) and Associazione Gianluca Spina.

The award recognises excellence of young researchers in the field of management who have enhanced Italian cultural heritage and developed international careers in higher education.

Dr Giudici, Director of the Modular Executive MBA at the Business School, was presented with his award at a virtual ceremony by Mauro Meda, Secretary at ASFOR and Professor Raffaella Cagliano, Deputy Director of the Management Engineering Department at Politecnico di Milano and President of the Gianluca Spina Foundation,  which sponsors the award in memory of the former Dean of MIP Politecnico Graduate School of Management.

Dr Giudici, whose research interests include entrepreneurial innovation, said he was pleasantly surprised to receive the accolade.

“The award was completely unexpected as the institutions that organise it are very prestigious in Italy,” Dr Giudici said.

“Being recognised by my home country in such a way is really special to me.”

Dr Alessandro Giudici

The awards ceremony was part of a day-long workshop on management education featuring several high-profile Italian academics as panellists.

Dr Giudici, who was included in Poets and Quants’ Best 40 Under 40 Professors earlier this year, paid tribute to students and colleagues at the Business School who had supported him and provided the platform to succeed.

“I’m very lucky to be part of a Business School that is consistently recognised for strategy and entrepreneurship – which I teach, supervise and research,” he said.

“I really enjoy being able to work with strongly passionate students and getting the chance to help them develop in their academic and professional endeavours as Director of the Modular Executive MBA and module leader for the Strategy Project in the Full Time MBA.”

ASFOR, the Italian Association for Management Development, was established in 1971 to develop management culture in Italy and improve management education solutions by adapting to sector demands.

Mr Meda said Dr Giudici had impressed the judging panel with his ability to translate research into engaging teaching.

“Dr Giudici has a unique and remarkable ability to transfer the results of his research into innovative teaching programmes.

“This award recognises the impact that Dr Giudici has had, not only in the field of management strategy but also student engagement and subject material.

Professor Cagliano said Dr Giudici’s work was recognised both in his home country and across the world.

“Despite his international career, he has maintained a strong link with Italy and engaged with several national centres of excellence on social innovations.

“Associazione Gianluca Spina aims to promote and support excellent management education, with specific attention to initiatives having social impact.

“It is for this reason that Dr Giudici’s work stands out to us.”

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